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  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)


Robin Wayne Bailey is a writer, editor, and poet working primarily in speculative fiction, both fantasy and science fiction. He is a founder of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His novels include the Frost series, Shadowdance, and others.  His poetry has appeared in The Badboy Book of Erotic Poetry, the anthology WAR/RAW, and in his collections The Geometries of Love and Zombies in Oz and Other Undead Musings.


Annette Hope Billings is an African-American Kansas poet, playwright, actress and nurse, who now offers by sharing her poetry and prose. She has written two collections of poetry, one-act plays and numerous short stories. Annette’s readers have dubbed her "the Maya of the Midwest," a moniker she allows with all due humility and gratitude. Known for her performance delivery style, she has been received enthusiastically in many diverse venues. Her first book of poems was A Net Filled with Hope, followed by Descants for a Daughter and


Wayne Courtois is author of the award-winning memoir A Report from Winter, the literary novel Tales My Body Told Me, and the gay erotic novels My Name Is Rand and In the Time of Solution 9. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Hibernation and Other Poems by Gay Bards, and Assaracus (poetry) and Jonathan (fiction) from Sibling Rivalry Press. “Sometimes I write poems about me and my husband, since nobody else is.”


Charles Ferruzza was born and raised in Indianapolis, Ind. He is a graduate of both Butler University (Journalism) and the National Bartending School (Exotic Cocktails). He ran away from home many times during his youth, only to be returned against his will. Finally, in 1984, he ran away to Kansas City and has been here ever since. He is the former features editor of the Sun Newspapers a former staff writer at The Pitch. He has written for many publications and can be heard on the radio on KCUR-FM and KKFI-FM. In his spare time, he contemplates writing a novel, but bakes something instead.


Jen Harris is a professional public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, published author, and founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. She received the 2015 UMKC Jim Wanser Pride Award for outstanding LGBT community activism in Kansas City. Her first book of poetry, Slammed, was released by Spartan Press in 2016. “I feel a deep moral responsibility to document injustice and victory alike in an effort to put human faces on the social movements of our time."


David Wayne Reed is a writer, director, producer and actor from Kansas City, Missouri. Plays include: Help Yourself, Jolly Rancher, and Mother Trucker. He has appeared at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, KC Rep, Unicorn Theatre, Fishtank Studio, and The Living Room. He was awarded a Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, and Spencer Museum of Art;  and two Inspiration Grants from ArtsKC. His is fondly remembered from his early career as a founding member of Late Night Theatre. He hosts and produces the popular ‘show and tell’ storytelling series, Shelf Life. His debut film, Eternal Harvest, is premiering this spring. 

Earlier Event: June 12
Later Event: June 16